Special needs hockey league starts in Alpharetta

10:45 AM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
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A new hockey league called the "Sparks" is starting for kids and adults with hearing issues or other special needs.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A new hockey league called the "Sparks" is starting for kids and adults who are hearing impaired, those with mental disabilities and those who need a sled to skate.

Organizers held a family skate held at The Cooler in Alpharetta last weekend.

The first practice will be held in late October, so there's still time to sign up and spread the word.

Practices will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

The new league is affiliated with USA Disabled Hockey and American Special Hockey, which provide funding and insurance and guidance. 

The league will rely on donations and volunteers come from the Atlanta Fire Hockey Club, The Cooler House leagues, the Ice Bandits, players from the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League and other hockey families. 

The season will last through March, and families are asked to pay $75.

"But we don't want cost to be a barrier," said organizer Dan Carmody. "We want to be more of a social organization than a hockey organization. I started the program because I have a high functioning child with Asperger's Syndrome, and hockey has helped him."

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